A list of the top ten mystery hardcover bestsellers for the week ending October 26, 2007 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.
As predicted last week, the mystery bestseller list has several new titles this week.
Debuting in the second position is the 15th mystery in the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell, Book of the Dead, in which the forensic consultant is confronted with a string of baffling cases. A young man from a well-known family jumps off a water tower. A woman is found ritualistically murdered in her multimillion-dollar beach home. The body of an abused young boy is discovered dumped in a desolate marsh. Meanwhile, in distant New England, problems with a prominent patient at a Harvard-affiliated psychiatric hospital begin to hint at interconnections that are as hard to imagine as they are horrible.
Also new this week is the 35th case for Boston PI Spenser, Robert B. Parker's Now & Then. Spenser is in the middle of hornet's nest of trouble, and he's got to get out of it without getting stung. With Hawk watching his back, and gun-for-hire Vinnie Morris providing extra cover, Spenser delves into a complicated and far-reaching operation when a simple case turns into a treacherous and politically charged investigation. Publishers Weekly states, "This briskly paced cat-and-mouse game offers Spenser fans exactly what they've come to expect from the reliable Parker, no-nonsense action and plenty of romantic give-and-take between Susan and Spenser."
Two more mysteries make their way into the top 10: A Lick of Frost by Laurell K. Hamilton, the 6th entry in the fantasy series featuring Meredith Gentry; and Pandora's Daughter by Iris Johansen.
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